Thanks for watching tech, quickie click, the subscribe button then enable notifications with the Bell icon. So you won’t miss any future. Articles. Internet Explorer was a fixture on nearly all Windows, PCs from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.
In fact, it was estimated that Internet Explorer’s. Usage share was as high as around 95 percent in 2003, but once viable alternatives like Firefox and Chrome hit the market Internet Explorer lost its stranglehold on our digital lives faster than MC Hammer lost his fortune.
So what led to its demise? And why was it such a widely reviled browser? Well, funnily enough, a lot of Internet Explorer’s. Problems had their roots in Microsoft,’s, desire not to frustrate its users but rather to innovate.
You see Microsoft tried to set its early versions of ie apart from its competitors by focusing on adding new features, rather than simply trying to make the browser as fast as possible, and they had a measure of success by this metric.
In fact, ie was the first browser to support a number of technologies that are ubiquitous on today’s. Web such as CSS, which is a modern standard for web page design that allows pages to look pretty and be more functional compared to the clunky messes of the early 90s IE also started using its trident rendering engine with version 4.
0, which is the piece of code That controls how a web pages underlying code will be turned into what you see on your screen and Trident was groundbreaking because it allowed certain elements on a web page to change on the fly back in 1997.
This was like a huge deal later. Ie introduced the underlying support for ajax not to be confused with the greek hero, the household cleaner or the dutch soccer club, which supports using server data to display up to date, information on a web page without requiring a refresh a concept that is critical for modern Sites like Gmail and Google Maps that are highly interactive.
These features and others made it so that developers flocked to Internet Explorer because it’s and technologies that could make their websites more interactive and visually appealing. By contrast, II’s.
Competitors at the time, such as Netscape, often couldn’t, handle these features without slowing down or even crashing. So that was how it got popular, also some arguably pretty anti-competitive stuff, but changing gears here.
The problems that eventually made the browser infamous started to rear their ugly heads in the early 2000s with such a stranglehold on the market, Microsoft neglected to put in enough resources to continue to improve ie and as the internet as well as online security threats continued to Evolve, the browser gained a reputation for being both slow and insecure, making matters worse.
Microsoft made it difficult to switch to an alternative web browser by deeply integrating ie into Windows and making it very hard to uninstall, throwing away needlessly much of its previously earned goodwill with its users by the mid-2000s rival browsers, such as Firefox, took advantage of this time.
Of weakness by embracing open web standards for speed, reliability and security, rather than relying on a host of proprietary technologies like Internet Explorer, did these open standards had finally reached the point where developers no longer had to rely on Microsoft’s? Proprietary solutions to support interactivity, so that was a pretty big shift.
So, with that II’s, market share dropped, precipitously and yet Microsoft, still didn’t seem to be seriously trying to address the problem and all the while. More and more pages appeared, broken or improperly rendered in IE it wouldn’t be until 2009 that Microsoft would get around to releasing Internet Explorer 8, which featured significant improvements in standards, compliance and security.
But by that point, IE had already lost between a quarter and a third of its 2003 market share, so the damage had already been done, and Google Chrome’s, appearance in 2009. All but assured II’s demise, although it hung on for a few more years.
Microsoft finally replaced Internet Explorer with the edge browser whose rendering engine was purged of all of II’s old code. In 2015, after Internet Explorer’s, usage share dropped below 20 %, so today ie only still exists, so that folks can use legacy websites written with its proprietary features in mind.
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We didn’t end up, including so what’s, your web browser of choice? Have you followed the crowd and gone with chrome? Are you still holding on to Firefox or do you like edge just because it reminds you of a certain browser from your youth, just edgy